Nation: I Love This Job!

Califano delights in shaking new life into HEW

He gave up a $500,000 annual income as an influential Washington lawyer —an insider among insiders—to plead the cause of the poor and downtrodden in Washington's most frustrating Cabinet post, at a salary of $66,000. Yet he enjoys his official chauffeur-driven car, insists on flying cross-country first class, lives in a $182,000 house. And when he watches the Washington Redskins, he sits in the box beside Owner Edward Bennett Williams.

He can be abrasive and bumptious, often irritating Capitol Hill Pooh-Bahs, and some White House...

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